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Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage

In recent years, Wug Laku has reflected on his oeuvre twice, presenting retrospectives first for a small audience at the defunct School 30 gallery and now at his own gallery within a more intimate place of thought. Linking himself to the Thomas Edison-inspired theme of brilliance of madness, Laku, like Edison, shows experiments that shine and others that don’t. From both we learn much. Laku admittedly chose a disparate grouping of works made since 1987 to show “the rhythm of experience” and “all the bouncing around you [artists] go through.” From early line drawings and illustrations to abstract 2-D compositions, lamps, furniture, wood boxes and mature, digitally manipulated landscapes, Laku’s curvy path of artmaking encircles the subjects of nature and contemplation. “I WILL” (1998), a large work on paper divided into columns and rows of black boxes, progressively fills with white, tick-mark strokes that converge like lattice or white picket fences in Agnes Martin obsession. Surprising introspective writings like “I AM THE NONSENSE THAT IS ALL OF US” speak from Laku’s walls and journals. Laku’s gallery, 10th and Brookside, is open in November and December on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Through Dec. 1; 317-270-8258.

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